Millions Are Out Of A Job. Yet Some Employers Wonder: Why Can’t I Find Workers? is the headline from WBUR News. Only once does it mention wages …. His company has offered higher wages.
While I do not have a degree in economics or business administration, has it not dawned on anyone, maybe the reporter at WBUR to ask the employer this simple question: “Have you considered the possibility that maybe even your higher wages are not high enough and you need to go higher?” This shows me that the blind spot we have in America regarding wages for jobs not requiring a college degree, what you might know erroneously as “low skill”, is alive and well in even the liberal media. By the way, I looked into the company that was the subject of this article, M.A. Industries in Peachtree Georgia. They are, from what I can tell, a plastics manufacturing company. Molders are paid $10 an hour. Supervisors make $20 per hour. Remarks from employees seem to indicate that the working conditions are less than splendid and there is no room for advancement. Average rent of an apartment in Peachtree Georgia is $1,500 a month. Try living there making $10-$20 an hour.
We still hear the lie that undocumented immigrants do the jobs that Americans will not do. Well, that’s a half truth, otherwise known as a lie. Undocumented immigrants do the jobs that Americans will not do for the lousy wages and poor conditions offered by the employers. Before you even start, let me say that no one, not citizens of the USA or undocumented immigrants should be forced to either go hungry or take those jobs with low wages and poor conditions. Let’s put this on the backs of those responsible, the employers.
If the employer’s response is “I can’t stay in business if I have to raise wages”, then my reply is “Well, looks like you are going to go out of business!”
We need to put a full stop to the exploitation of American labor.